Impacted anal glands are often the first stage of anal sac disease. As the impacted anal glands become swollen and distended, they become inflamed and can make it painful for your dog to pass feces. This second stage of inflammation is referred to as sacculitis. the immediate treatment for impacted anal glands entails emptying the glands manually by your veterinarian. Manually expressing a dogs anal glands typically involves inserting a gloved finger into the rectum to locate the gland and gently squeeze it to empty its contents. If impacted anal glands become a recurrent problem, manual expression might need to be done on a regular basis. Signs your dog may have anal gland problems include scooting his butt on the floor and excessive licking of the anal area. In cases of infection of abscess, swelling or a fever may occur. If you believe your dog has anal gland problems, consult your veterinarian. only attempt to express a dogs anal glands at home when you have someone to help you hold the dog and are confident that the dog will not react aggressively. Place a small dog on a table or counter in front of you, or kneel behind a large dog. James bascharon shows how to easily express your dogs anal glands at home the veterinarian recommended way. And, keep in mind that expressing the anal sacs too often can lead to impacted anal glands, and failing to care for them may lead to infection. If youre not 110 sure you want to take on the task of expressing your dogs anal glands, dont hesitate to turn the nasty job over to trained staff at your veterinary office. Place two fingers (thumb and forefinger) on either side of the anus. The anal glands are beneath the skin, just under the anus, at approximately 4 oclock and 8 oclock. anal glands, also known as anal sacs or scent glands when found in dogs, are little glands located close to the anus. Dogs employ their anal glands in marking territory, as well as recognizing other dogs by smell. anal gland disease itself occurs due to impaction, also known as a blockage of the two ducts that remove the excretions of the dog anal glands out via openings on either side of the anus.